Marathon Training Update
Posted September 27th, 2010
Five weeks to go!!! I am feeling really excited to get this thing under way!
This week I will cap with 40 miles (assuming all goes well) including another 20 miler on friday. So my post today is about goal setting. It is a tricky science in marathon running. Well, it is tricky for me as an uber-novice. My only full marathon was completed in 5:48. So one goal would be to improve. However, that was my first and my only goal was to get to the finish line. I did, but I weighed about 220 pounds and walked a ton...didn't really "run a marathon". Getting sub 5 hours seemed like a good starting point. But pretty quickly I realized that that is pretty lame, and since my best ...
Weekly Big Ten Football Picks–#3
Posted September 20th, 2010
Didn't get these updated to Blog, but they were in hand before kickoff...I left off the comments. But suffice it to say, I'M BACK!!!. 12-0 this week picked up two games on Paige who missed on Notre Dame and Iowa. So that means the running total is:
Michigan State/Notre Dame
Re:discover, teaching outline
Posted September 15th, 2010
I am going to post my teaching outlines with companion study questions after each Re:discover event. The next three events are the first Sundays of Oct, Nov, and Dec) This time is intended to be a personally powerful moment of "surrender and remember". Though devotional in nature, the teaching component is designed to get you thinking with God. As with any speaker, it is less important what they say and more important how you process it with God. I share my thoughts here to give you a chance to unpack the main points.
Fall is a time of re-focussing. New schedules, new events, new relationships. It is a time of year when our priorities get tested. We can get caught up in so much...
Big Ten Football Picks Recap (#2)
Posted September 14th, 2010
The universe should be back in proper order now that I have righted my ship and began to chip away at Paige's lead. This week I was 9-2 and she came in at 8-3. She only missed on Michigan beating Notre Dame, North Dakota beating Minnesota, and on Northwestern winning. I missed Minny and Southern Illinois beating the Fighting Zookers.
Big Ten Highlights this week:
Denard Robinson is amazing. He got it done against a decent Irish defense and seems to be all heart
Ohio State showed that there is more to football than speed and showed Miami a physical brand of football that is firing on all cylinders
It is shameful that MSU only had 36,000 fans at Ford Field for a Spartan game. C'mon!
Weekly Big Ten Football Picks–#2
Posted September 10th, 2010
Week two is "Statement Week" for the conference. Putting the top three marquee names up against Miami Fl, Notre Dame, and Miami is pretty cool. Can Penn State slow down Bama, or more specifically, can they move the ball? Does OSU have an answer for southern speed? Can Michigan really be staring a 5-0 start in the eye? Add the Battle for Iowa and an interesting in-state clash between NW and ISU and it could be the best of times for a proud conference.
Ricky Stanzi looks like Ben Roethlisberger in that uni
Big Ten Football Picks Recap
Posted September 7th, 2010
Few things in my life are as humbling as admitting that my wife knows more about football than me. Despite my passion for the game from 4th grade on, my participation in, spectating of, and obsessing about the game for most of my lifetime, she continues to amaze me at her shrewd insight, feel for dominance and inspiringly practical approach to determining winners and losers. I would rather she just picks based on the prettiness of the uniforms. Anyway, Paige went 12-0 in the first week of our contest. I went 9-3 because Virginia Tech choked, Notre Dame might have a real coach, and Middle Tennessee didn't follow the "South Speed beats Midwest Might" formula that ESPN slams down our throat. Anyway, ...
Weekly Big Ten Football Picks–Week #1
Posted September 2nd, 2010
The world of sports is a magnificent playground where both the insane and the glorious can take each other's place. No where is that more magnified than in college athletics, and supreme in the genre is the Big Ten conference football season. The game was defined here and its traditions anchored here. It has evolved, stood firm, and year after year the majestic mix of state pride, autumn colors, the coming winter, and football collide. If you love it like I love it, then enjoy this ride. Week after week, my lovely wife and I will lay out all the games and challenge each other to a duel of Big Ten supremacy. We will add the national ggame of the week as an additional piece of flair. Feel fre...
Marathon Training #6
Posted September 2nd, 2010
It has been a while since I updates and I have crossed a few important milestones. Since March 1st I have run over 440 miles. I feel very strong and have no real injuries. Even the post race soreness has not been brutal. My two longest runs came two weeks apart, a 16 miler and an 18 miler. The 16 miler I ran with people and enjoyed the conversation and frequent water breaks. But it was slow, over 11 minutes per mile slow, so I was able to finish strong and wasn't really even sore. The big win was just being on my feet moving forward for 3 hours (exactly). Then I ran an 18 miler by myself (well, with a rocking iPod playlist!) and managed a much faster pace. I actually ran that run 10 minute...